I don’t know how long I’ll be able to use moving as an excuse but…I have been neglecting meal-planning. I mean we have food in the pantry and fridge, but come dinner time I have no idea what I’m making and it’s terrible. I used to do really well with meal-planning. We were saving money, I knew what I was making each night and in general we were eating healthier because we weren’t opting for the easy out.
My favorite site to help me meal-plan is Saymmm.com. It is FREE first of all. Secondly, I love that I can upload my own recipes, browse through theirs or link up to all those lovely Pinterest recipes that I’ve been saving but always forget I have. I cannot say enough great things about this website. I can plan out ahead for as many or as few days as I like. Hit “create list” and it pulls all the ingredients from those days and puts it onto a shopping list. I can then go through and edit the list based on what I already have in my pantry/fridge. BAM! I can also add other items that aren’t directly related to dinner, like toilet paper or cereal. It even combines similar ingredients so I don’t have to do figure out how many pounds of chicken I actually need. THEN it breaks the list down into categories so I’m not wandering back and forth trying to find everything while keeping my sanity and my 1 year-old and 3 year-old content.
When I meal-plan, my day goes better. I don’t have this cloud of impending chaos over my day. I use my “free-time” more effectively because I know that there is at least ONE thing that I will get done today. Even if the laundry is piled high and the boys are a “bit” on the wild side, come dinner time, momma’s got it handled.
What about you? Do you meal-plan? Are you successful or have you given up on the chaos of dinner? What are your secrets for successful meal-planning? Tell me!